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Within These Walls: The Good Life (ITV 4 Apr 1975, with Helen Lindsay)



Within These Walls

In The Good Life Lady Evelyn Smythe arrives on the remand wing accused of the attempted murder of her husband. She thinks because she once met Governor Faye Boswell at the opera she is deserving of special treatment. She very quickly has her eyes open on that score of course.

Evelyn is convinced she will walk scot free when her case comes to trial but she is sentenced to two years. She actually finds that she settles in with the rest of the prisoners on North Wing quite well, despite an initial run in with her young black cell mate Roberta. However the staff find her to be quite difficult. She has a major run in with Principal Officer Flaxton even though it’s really Roberta who causes the trouble. Evelyn won’t let Roberta take the blame and because PO Flaxton has a major dislike of Evelyn she doesn’t say anything either.

Helen Lindsay is excellent as Lady Evelyn, haughty in the beginning and sympathetic by the end.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 4 April 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Victor Pemberton / Production Design: Michael Oxley / Director: James Ormerod

Series: Within These Walls Season 2 Episode 12

Googie Withers as Faye Boswell
Mona Bruce as Mrs Armitage
Jerome Willis as Charles Radley
Janet Lees Price as Janie Harker
Diana Rayworth as Officer Berryman
Miranda Forbes as Officer Parsons
Helen Lindsay as Lady Evelyn Smythe
Patricia Macrae as Officer Norris
Jo Warne as RIta
Janie Booth as Pauline
Audrey Muir as Principal Officer Flaxton
Angela Bruce as Roberta
Joyce Rae as Sylvie
Gloria Walker as Beryl
Myfanwy Talog as Gwyneth
Olive Mercer as Tillie
Joan Harsant as Mrs Dale